Can Food Keep My Skin Hydrated?

Yes, what you eat can have a big impact on your skin’s hydration. In fact, if you are feeling extra dry our East West Essentials co-founder Dr. Jeanne Wilson has some additional tips on what you can eat to add some moisture through your diet!

Q: I have a question about skin. I live in a warm climate that is also insanely dry! In summer I always lather on the moisturizer and chug water, but I still feel super dry and chapped. Are there any specific fruits or veggies that help retain water and keep the skin more to feel more”alive?” It’s so frustrating!

A: I know how hard it can be to stay hydrated and keep skin feeling young in hot/dry climates. I try to eat lots of apples and pears. They are both essentials in keeping the body alkaline, and therefore much easier to stay hydrated. (I ate 4 today!)

I also use dandelion root tea to hydrate. One of my go to hydration recipes is:

* 1/2 spring water

*1/4 dandelion root tea and

*1/4 organic unrefined apple juice. This is a must if you are planning on being physical in this climate!

Also, don’t forget your fatty acids. I bumped up mine to 4 twice per day in the summer. Not only does it help keep skin and hair looking great, but fatty acids help keep the body flexible and inflammation down. If you had witnessed me on the slopes today you would agree that I can use the help with flexibility and anti inflammation!

My final secret to summer survival is that at night after washing my face I pop open an Optimal Fatty Acid Blend from East West Essentials and apply it to my face and elbows.In this climate my skin just soaks this up and I wake up so soft and hydrated.

I hope this helps!

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  1. Chelsea
    Posted January 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    The Dandelion Root tea recipe is so yummy! Just made some today hoping to quench some thirst and revive my dry skin!

  2. Posted January 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink


  3. Chelsea
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh this is wonderful!! Thank you so much for the awesome tips. I’m definitely going to up my intake of apples and pears and I can’t wait to try that tea. Sounds delicious! I love your idea of using the fatty acids directly on the skin. I’m sure it’s much better holistically for the body than some of those facial moisturizers that come packed with strange “hydrating” ingredients…..

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